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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
42 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Pair keen to impress coach RUGBY UNION Timana Tahu and Lote Tuqiri are ready to perform at Concord Oval this Saturday. AFTER missing selection for the game against the Barbarians, Wallabies Lote Tuqiri and Timana Tahu are keen to show Wallabies coach Robbie Deans that they deserve their spots back. Both look set to play their second game of the season for the West Harbour Pirates against Northern Suburbs at Concord Oval on this Saturday. Deans has stated that players need to perform well at club level in order to be considered for Test selection and with that in mind Tuqiri and Tahu have vowed to set Concord Oval alight should they get the chance to play. Both players looked classy last week in terrible conditions and played a big part in the Pirates' sixth consecutive win of the season when they beat Southern Districts. Tuqiri is especially proud of the fact that he has never played in a losing West Harbour side and is determined to keep this statistic intact this weekend. The Pirates are sitting in equal second place with Eastwood in the Tooheys New Shute Shield. This Saturday's games at Con- cord Oval start at 11am with fourth grade. First grade play at 3pm. Reds pipped at the post RUGBY UNION IN a top-of-the-table clash, Drummoyne hosted St Patrick's Old Boys at Taplin Park, Drummoyne, last weekend. NSW Suburban representative centre Chris Sione crashed over for an early try next to the posts to open the scoring for the home team. Some poor defence by Drummoyne then allowed St Pats to reply with two tries and two penalty goals. Prop Tuainafua Veiru drove over the line for a try from a powerful rolling maul just before half-time, but St Pat's took a 20-12 lead into the break. Drummoyne dominated the second half, with tries to NSW Suburban No.8 Trent Tapps from a push-over scrum and Veiru's second try gave Drummoyne a 27-25 lead. St Pat's missed a late penalty goal to allow Drummoyne to take the outright lead on the Kentwell Cup ladder. Drummoyne seconds lost 25-14, despite tries by centre Tani Isaia and winger Wise Qalulu. Drummoyne thirds drew 12-12, fourth grade lost 22-15, fifths won 17-7 while colts lost 25-5. Born to race motorbikes BE IN THE RUNNING TWO AWARDS: Our Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive a medal and $1000, and the Young Achiever will receive a medal and $500, sponsored by Rebel Sports and Wests Ashfield ELIGIBILITY: Sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the local area TO ENTER: Fill in the nomination form in our sports section or go to www.innerwestweekly.com.au From Back Page Giuseppe started on dirt bikes and has only been riding on tarmac for two years, but it's no surprise that in his nine years of competing he has managed to come first in nearly every race. Only a month ago Giuseppe came first at the Barry Sheene memorial competition at Eastern Creek and is sitting in second place in the Motorcycle Road Race Development Association and came second in the junior Four Stroke Nationals on a CBR 150 last year. Giuseppe, who idolises pro- fessional Italian motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi, is confident about his chances in the Aust- ralian Superbike Series in August this year. ''If you ride scared, you ride slow,'' he said. His motto has taught him never to give up, even when he crashed his 125 series GP in a recent competition. ''I was going really good, es- pecially around the corners, but I pushed my bike too hard and went over the handle bars,'' Giuseppe said. His father and two other mech- anics work tirelessly to make sure Giuseppe's bike is in top gear for all his races -- the four-man team call themselves Supersep 47. Giuseppe, who has travelled as far as Victoria and Tasmania to compete, hopes that his success will take him as far as Spain for the Spanish Road Racing Cham- pionships. Kingfish still biting despite slow current 'MANGROVE' JACK SCRINE Deputy editor, Modern Fishing SYDNEY anglers in the know have flocked out to Long Reef and just beyond over the last week or so, where there has been one of the hottest kingfish bites of the year. Modern Fishing's Al McGlashan reported cricket scores of fish in successive days, taken on live baits. It's not often Al is under- gunned when he heads out fishing, but last week he was blown away on heavy gear by an estimated 20kg Sydney kingfish that towed Al's boat all over the place as it powered its way to freedom. Popper fishing has also been productive, with dozens of under- sized and just-legal fish shoulder- ing each other out of the way to crash-tackle these exciting surface lures. I find gold Halco Roosta Poppers to be extremely effective on Long Reef kings, and a myriad other species! Unfortunately, the action seems to have cooled down over the past few days at Long Reef, as some of the anglers who've headed out in search of the hot bite have dis- covered. The current has slowed, which can often be an indication that kingfish will not be feeding as actively. However, the water is reportedly still nice and warm offshore, and kingfish are still being caught in good numbers, they are merely less thick. Offshore anglers will be licking their lips at the prospect of the winter offshore season, and would be advised to keep their eyes on weather/swell tracking sites such as www.seabreeze.com.au to pick the good days. Rock anglers should keep an even keener eye on such sites, as another tragic instance of bad luck and bad weather claimed a life in Maroubra. FIND IT ONLINE For photo galleries, blogs and more reports visit www.innerwestweekly.com.au Wallabies versus the Barbarians photo gallery. Wests Tigers versus Penrith Panthers photo gallery. 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